The Revolutionary War didn’t end on any particular day, but a treaty of peace officially ended the war in 1783. Technically, conflicts ended two years earlier about the time Cornwallis surrendered his entire army of over 7,000 men on October 19, 1781.
Four months earlier as British Lt. Colonel Banastre Tarleton, who, in the movie “The Patriot,” the character Colonel Tavington was based, was returning to Gloucester and Yorktown from a raid on Charlottesville. Those in Chesterfield were concerned that he would wreck his terror here, after all his nickname was “Bloody Tarleton,” according to “The Patriot” Resource website.
One of the Revolution’s most colorful figures, “Mad Anthony” Wayne, who commanded the Pennsylvania Line militia, came from the south to watch over Chesterfield.
According to “Chesterfield: An Old Virginia County” by Francis Lutz, Wayne, after being entertained at Spencer’s Inn on Pocahontas Island in the Appomattox River just north of Petersburg by Nancy Spencer on the harpsichord, with the Pennsylvanians moved up to Goody’s bridge on July 19 where he witnessed “a rudder sort of entertainment.” There, on July 21, one of the British soldiers was hanged for marauding. A few day later as the Pennsylvanians were fishing from the hastily rebuilt bridge (it had been destroyed by the British during their attack on the Chesterfield Courthouse), the bridge collapsed sending the militiamen into the Appomattox River, none were hurt.